Jewish Community Center announces annual award winners


Three awards will be given to leaders at Denver's Jewish Community Center this fall, recognizing their efforts to support the organization and its youth programming.

The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center announced the recipients of its annual awards in late July. The awards will be given out during the organization's annual dinner on Oct. 29, a news release said.

Gary Levine will receive the Robert E. Loup Hineni Award. In Hebrew, Hineni translates to “here I am, here I stand.” The Hineni Award was renamed for Loup in 2016 to recognize his dedication to philanthropy and volunteerism, the release said.

“The award acknowledges local, communal leaders whose interests and support span an array of important agencies, recognizing those whose philanthropy and volunteerism has a local, regional and often global impact,” the release said.

Brook Sterne and Cassie Weinstock are this year's recipients of the Gerald S. Gray Service and Leadership Award.

“All three individuals have gone above and beyond to ensure a successful future for the JCC and Ranch Camp for generations to come,” said Lara Knuettel, CEO of the JCC Denver. 

The JCC serves the community through children's camps and classes, as well as programming for adults and seniors that are rooted in Jewish values. In addition to the classes at the JCC's location in 350 S. Dahlia St., the organization also offers theater programming.

The awards will be presented during the JCC Annual Celebration at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, 1750 Welton St. The event goes from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $500 for adults.

For more information on the event, or to buy tickets, go to


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